The in-arena portion of Smackdown began with Miz TV and Miz already in the ring. Miz introduced his guests, Randy Orton and Sheamus, who were already in the ring. Talk about saving time. Miz asked about Big Show being inserted as their partner in the six-man tag and Orton noted Show did attempt to save them on Raw. Sheamus said neither he nor Orton trust Big Show, but then again, Orton doesn’t trust anyone. He said they’re in survival mode at this point. He said Show needs them as much as they need Show. Orton continued the clichés, saying it’s better to be with the devil you know than the devil you don’t know. Miz then introduced Big Show, who actually got an entrance. Michael Cole, Josh Mathews and JBL were ringside to handle announcing duties. I wonder if JBL had good cable reception on the mountain he climbed in order to keep up with the happenings on WWE TV.
Miz brought up his previous association with Show and how that ended, saying he trusts Show about as far as he can throw him. Show said he didn’t like either of his partners, but if they work together, not even The Shield can stop them. Sheamus said they’ve had wars together and Show said, “true that.” That just sounded wrong. Sheamus asked Show how he knows that Show won’t high-tail it when things get tough. He noted that if he just tucked-tail and ran, he wouldn’t have beaten Sheamus for the title. Good point. Sheamus and Show almost came to blows until Orton separated them. Miz couldn’t believe Orton was the voice of reason. Show and Sheamus continued arguing until soon-to-be Hall-of-Famer and Smackdown general manager Booker T. came out.
Randy Orton, Sheamus, and Big Show were arguing backstage. I guess it was more like Show and Sheamus arguing while Orton stayed out of it until he finally told them they need to get along or they’ll be sitting ducks for The Shield. He walked away as Show and Sheamus stayed silent.
Striker interviewed Sheamus and Orton backstage. He asked if they were on the same page with Big Show. Sheamus said they trust Show as much as he trusts them. “Trust me.” Striker was going to throw it back to Mathews when Sheamus poked his head back into the scene and said, “no really…trust me.” Then they went to break.
Randy Orton came out for the six-man main event. The opponents are still unknown. Sheamus came out second. They went to break before Big Show’s entrance.
Randy Orton, Sheamus, & Big Show vs. 3MB
Jinder Mahal began the match with Orton. Hard clothesline and another one from Orton. Double back-elbows by Sheamus and Orton. The ref separated Sheamus from Mahal in the corner and Mahal got a few shots of his own in. Ironically, the tide turned when the referee pulled Mahal off of Sheamus in the corner. Rolling senton by Sheamus. Show seemed to do a good job of cheerleading on the apron. Sheamus shushed the crowd then slapped Mahal on the chest, drawing a smile from Show. Show tagged in, as did Drew McIntyre. McIntyre charged at Show, but was headbutted down. Show set McIntyre on the apron and slapped McIntyre, a la Sheamus. Mahal was brought in the hard way after a tag and he immediately ceded the ring to Heath Slater. Slater didn’t want in, but Show pulled him into the ring. Show made the tag to Orton, who dropped the knee on Slater. Orton was hung up on the top rope and Slater kicked him for a two-count. Show stomped on the steel steps to get the crowd into the match and behind Orton. 3MB isolated Orton in the heel corner. Slater went to the top rope, only to be dropkicked by Orton in mid-air. Show tagged in and steamrolled Mahal. McIntyre booted Show, but after Sheamus tagged in, Show gave Mac the Knockout punch. Sheamus Brogue Kicked Mahal for the win.
Winners: Sheamus, Orton, and Show, at 5:52.
The tag by Sheamus was a blind tag, which Show did not appreciate and he let Sheamus know about it after the match. Orton played peacemaker once again as The Shield’s music played. They were shown in the crowd. They didn’t seem to be in a hurry to get to the ring. Finally, they began to approach more quickly. They did this as Show attacked Sheamus. Orton tried to break it up and was pushed aside. All three men were arguing as The Shield reached ringside. The faces kept a tight perimeter so as to not allow The Shield into the ring. The Shield backed away and exited through the crowd. The show went off the air with the three faces staring down The Shield.